Today is a day of celebration in Canada…Canada’s birthday! Just as the United States does on the fourth of July, we are taking the day off, having family BBQ’s, enjoying sunshine and entertainment and waiting for fireworks in the evening! But, I bet there are a few things you didn’t know about Canada:
#1) Canadian Diamonds. With all of the talk about “blood” diamonds, you’d be well to buy a Canadian Diamond. The Northwest Territories is one of the world’s top diamond producers. All Canadian diamonds are marked and numbered and come with certificates that say they are authentic Canadian diamonds. Go easy on your conscience and buy Canadian!
#2) Did you know that some of the best dinosaur fossils in the world are found in the province of Alberta, Canada? Places like Drumheller and the Badlands boast fantastic finds for paleontologists.
#3) There is great surfing on both coasts of Canada. Tofino in British Columbia and Nova Scotia both boast great spots to catch a few waves. There are some interesting links here:
#4) There are icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland. Yes, icebergs can be spotted as easily as whales and fishing vessels.
#5) Basketball was invented by Canadian James A. Naismith who was born in Almonte, Ontario. Almonte is just a short 10 minute drive from our library here in Carleton Place. (Visit the Google Map here:
We have lots of great books about Canada at the library, so come in and ask us about:
M is for Maple : A Canadian Alphabet by Michael Ulmer
The Truth about Canada by Mel Hurtig
Unforgettable Canada : 100 Destinations by George Fischer
HAPPY CANADA DAY!